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The Sparrow, Bradford Central, Bradford

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32 North Parade
Phone: 01274270772
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Sparrow

As Old Boots has said, this is now owned by Kirkstall. It seems to have more pub like fixtures and fittings, though the small formica topped tables are still present, but with more comfortable pub-like chairs. There is bench seating under the front window and a large fire surround on the wall, which I cannot remember if it was there previously or not. It all seems to work quite well especially with the bench under the window and gives it a more pub like feel and is probably a better use of the space.

Six hand pumps for cask ale, three of which were Kirkstall ales and the other three guests, consisting of Chew Chew by Fallen Brewing, Okells Bitter and something by Moor. The Chew Chew took my fancy, this was a caramel stout at 6% which set me back £2.20 for a half. In addition to the cask pumps there are some keg taps on the back wall, and a chalk board beer menu to the left of the bar.

Had a bit of a strange chemical / sealant smell when I visited yesterday so can only assume they had just had some work done. It certainly didn't seem to be putting the customers off though as the place was pretty full. More full than I remember it ever being when I have been previously.

They now seem to do snacky food - pork pies etc - and there were no leaflets on the tables about pizzas so can only assume the previous arrangement with pizza deliveries has now ended.

Pleasant, friendly service. I'm pleased to say this is still as good as it was before it changed ownership.

On 28th July 2018 - rating: 9
[User has posted 195 recommendations about 187 pubs]

Old Boots left this review about The Sparrow

Reopened on 26th May by new owners Kirkstall. It's had a bit of a make over so it's now less cafe and more pub like but still not a traditional pub by any means. Still multi pumped and of course a few are from Kirkstall so no problems there, some guests also feature. The basement is still pretty much as was, just some new furniture I believe.

On 2nd July 2018 - no rating submitted
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Sparrow

Visited on a weekday afternoon earlier in March as part of my planned session on North Parade. I have been before but was looking forward to a return visit. At the bar were four hand pumps for cask, all of which were available, plus 7 keg options. I concentrated on the cask options and had the Equanot Session IPA by Kirkstall which was rather pleasant, and a bitter called Monument (can't remember who that was by). There was a 9% imperial stout, which had me tempted, and of course I ended up giving in to temptation! Nice mix of styles to choose from. I do like it in here but sometimes I find the wooden tables and chairs to be a bit too café style - but the small tables probably mean they can fit more people in so can't complain too much. I don't think they do food but they have an arrangement with a local pizza place where they will place orders for you and they deliver it to your table. Definitely worth including on any visit to North Parade.

On 23rd March 2018 - rating: 9
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28th Jul 2018, 09:40
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 July 2018 by Rob Hunter
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 13 November 2014 by John Yeadon
  • Car Park : No - Street parking only - last updated 23 May 2015 by John Yeadon
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 April 2013 by Will Larter
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Last inspected: December 12th 2016
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